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in benghazi was stormed where chris steven's and another american were killed. the rest of the staff was evacuated to a safe house. that was raided hours later. two other americans died in that assault. libyan officials said militants may have been tipped about the safe house location by someone in libyan security. susan mcginnis is following this from washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. washington is bracing for more violence across the muslim world today, this is after muslim religious authorities called for mass demonstrations after the weekly friday prayers. protests continue in cairo, egypt for e fourth day in a row. anger over an american made anti-islam film has spread from egypt to libya to yemen. u.s. officials have beefed up security at embassies around the world. >> directed my administration to do whatever is necessary to protect all americans who are serving abroad, one of my highest priorities as president. >> reporter: officials peer the demonstrations will escalate today after several muslim clerics called on muslims to join the protest after the trad
into the capital under tight security. behind-the-scenes an fbi team is preparing to fly to benghazi to investigate the attack. the compound behind these walls is the major crime scene but any evidence left inside will have been badly contaminated by looters and curious local people who flooded in after the attack. here's what eyewitnesss, officials and libyan commanders in charge that night have told us. sometime around 9:30 p.m. about 70 armed men attacked the consulate's main gates with guns and heavy weapons. they then stormed in, overwhelming local and american security. with all four buildings on fire the libyan government ordered a local militia to the rescue. that militia helped to ferry 31 americans and the body of sean smith out the back gate in armored cars to a house a mile away rented by the u.s. government. shortly afterwards it too came under fierce attack. what we still don't know is how back at the compound ambassador stevens got separated from his security detail only to be found dead or dying just after midnight by the crowd. suspicions for the attack have focused on a powerful i
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